The all new 2018 Lexus LS was revealed by the Japanese carmaker as the brands luxury flagship sedan during the #NAIAS 2017 Detroit Motorshow. What’s so unique about the LS model is that it was the first Lexus ever made and launched during the 1989 Detroit Motor Show, rocketing the Japanese luxury equivelant of Toyota into the limelight.
The 2018 Lexus LS makes a bold statement with coupe esque profile styling and the uber luxurious cabin. The automaker also says the 2018 LS is packaged with visionary technology.
Toshio Asahi, chief engineer for the new LS said that: “Not only will the LS symbolize the Lexus brand, it will become the definitive new-generation luxury car embodying Japanese tradition and culture,” he also emphasised the importance of such a car; “As such, this global pinnacle must go far beyond what the world expects from a luxury car.”
To connect customers with the brand, Lexus decided to reinvent the term ‘Luxury” by anticipating what customers would want rather than bringing a better version of the current available technology offered by other luxury brands.
The new 2018 Lexus LS sits on the same rear-wheel drive platform used in the Lexus LC 500 coupe. It’s around 1.5 cm lower than the outgoing LS and is also the first Lexus to introduce a six-side window design. You can also choose between 5 different 19 inch and 20 inch wheel designs.
“We set previously unheard of targets and resolutely pushed ahead towards these ambitious goals,” added Asahi. “The customers who are going to want to own a Lexus flagship are already surrounded by luxury on a daily basis, people who have a sharp eye for authenticity to begin with. We wouldn’t turn their heads with a conventional premium product.”
The 2018 Lexus LS measures in at 57.1 inches in height, 74.8 inches in width and 206.1 inches in length which makes it similar to the BMW 7 Series and the S-Class coupe in dimension. The wheelbase is quite large as well, measuring in at 123 inches, also similar to the German competitors.
The GA-L platform borrowed from the LC 500 is the stiffest one used in a Lexus till date, enabling the LS to achieve superior levels of handling and agility which are aided by the latest Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management technology and enhanced by new active stabilizer bars in addition to the Lexus Dynamic Handling system with independent rear and front steering to enhance overall ride quality.
The VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management) system controls all of the vehicle subsystems; steering, powertrain, braking and suspension in order to achieve superior stability on any surface.
The next-gen LS is also 90 kg’s lighter than before thanks to the lightweight materials and ultra high tensile aluminum and sheet.
The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that powers the new 2018 Lexus LS is a marvel on its own. A unit developed through the company’s F1 technology providing 8 cylinder power without the V8 fuel thirst. Power is rated at 415-hp and 442 lb-ft (600 NM) of torque which allows the LS to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds when equipped with RWD.
Also from the LC-500 coupe is the new first-ever 10 speed automatic transmission that should shift as fast as today’s Dual Clutch units according to Lexus.
On the inside, the LS comes with 28-way power adjustable cooled/heated seats with the massage function, 48 degree folding rear seats for better passenger exit at the back.
Then there is the new 3D surround Mark Levinson audio package which includes in-ceiling array speakers, an optional 24 inch color head heads-up display (largest in the world), a remote touch display with handwriting input support and a 12.3 inch nav screen.
Lexus also debuted the world’s first Intuitive Pedestrian Detection and Active Steering within lane system; this enables the LS to automatically brake and steer away from a pedestrian in danger while staying within the lane.
The all-new 2018 Lexus LS flagship will go on sale in the US during early 2018 or late 2017.